2010 United States Senate election in Louisiana
Vitter: 40-50% 50-60% 70-80%Melançon: 40–50% 50–60% 70–80%
|Elections in Louisiana|
- 1 Background
- 2 Democratic primary
- 3 Republican primary
- 4 Libertarian primary
- 5 General election
- 6 References
- 7 External links
- Party primaries: Saturday, August 28, 2010
- Runoffs (if necessary): Saturday, October 2, 2010
- General Election: Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Vitter faced a potentially serious challenge in the Republican primary as well as the general election. Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré, who is best known for serving as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas across the Gulf Coast, was allegedly mulling over whether or not to challenge Vitter in the Republican Primary. Tony Perkins, a former Louisiana state representative and current president of the socially conservative Family Research Council, acknowledged interest in running against Vitter because of the prostitution scandal. Nonetheless, Perkins decided not to run; Perkins endorses Vitter for reelection.
Some speculated that Vitter's reelection might have become complicated, by the prostitution scandal revealed in 2007, but he continued to lead in aggregate polling against potential opponents.
Following a movement to draft him into the race, John Cooksey, a former U.S. Representative, appeared poised to put together a challenge, planning on spending $200,000 of his own money. Cooksey, however, pulled back and did not qualify.
On June 14, 2009, Congressman Charlie Melançon announced his intentions to run for Senate in 2010. Melançon, who was representing Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District since 2005, released the announcement to his supporters, saying that "Louisiana needs a different approach, more bi-partisan, more disciplined, more honest and with a whole lot more common sense." Melançon was a leader of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative Democrats who aim to lower the deficit and reform the budget.
In the weeks before the election a major concern for Vitter's camp was possibly voter apathy about the race. For example, publisher Rolfe H. McCollister Jr., in his Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, endorsed fellow Republican Jay Dardenne over Democrat Caroline Fayard in the simultaneous race for Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, but then explicitly made "no endorsement" for U.S. Senate:
- I have talked with a number of voters who are just not very excited about this race—the candidates or the tone. I'm not either. You're on your own here.
|Poll Source||Dates administered||Charlie Melançon||Neeson Chauvin||Undecided|
|Clarus Research Group||August 15–16, 2010||43%||3%||52%|
- David Vitter, incumbent U.S. Senator
- Nick Accardo
- Chet D. Traylor, former Louisiana Supreme Court justice
|Poll Source||Dates administered||David Vitter (R)||Chet Traylor (R)||Undecided|
|Clarus Research Group||August 15–16, 2010||74%||5%||18%|
|Public Policy Polling||August 21–22, 2010||81%||5%||9%|
|Republican||David Vitter (Incumbent)||85,179||87.6%|
|Libertarian||Randall Todd Hayes||1,529||61.7%|
|Libertarian||Anthony "Tony G" Gentile||950||38.3%|
- Michael Karlton Brown (I)
- Skip Galan (I)
- Milton Gordon (I)
- Randall Todd Hayes (L)
- Tommy LaFargue (I)
- Bob Lang (I)
- William McShan (Reform)
- Sam Houston Melton Jr. (I)
- Mike Spears (I)
- Ernest Wooton (I)
Melançon heavily criticized Vitter for prostitution sex scandal. Vitter released television advertising criticizing Melançon for his support for Obama's stimulus package and his support for amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Melançon claimed "In August, Melançon challenged Vitter to a series of five live, televised town hall-style debates across the state. In his 2004 campaign for Senate, Vitter committed to five live, televised debates. Since Melançon issued the challenge, Vitter and Melançon have been invited to a total of seven live, televised debates. Vitter only accepted invitations to debates hosted by WWL-TV and WDSU-TV, both in New Orleans."
- September 7: Sponsored by the Alliance for Good Government at Loyola University.
- October 27: Sponsored by League of Women Voters-New Orleans, National Council of Jewish Women-New Orleans Junior League-New Orleans, and the American Association of University Women-Louisiana. Televised on WDSU-TV in New Orleans.
- October 28: CBS News sponsored the debate. It was televised on WWL-TV and C-SPAN in New Orleans
|Cook Political Report||Lean R||October 31, 2010|
|Rothenberg||R favored||October 28, 2010|
|Swing State Project||Likely R|
|RealClearPolitics||Likely R||October 31, 2010|
|Sabato's Crystal Ball||Likely R||October 28, 2010|
|CQ Politics||Likely R||October 31, 2010|
|Research 2000||March 2–4, 2009||48%||41%|
|Public Policy Polling||July 17–19, 2009||44%||32%|
|Rasmussen Reports||October 5, 2009||46%||36%|
|Rasmussen Reports||January 14, 2010||53%||35%|
|YouGovPolimetrix||January 6–11, 2010||52%||32%|
|Rasmussen Reports||February 10, 2010||57%||33%|
|Rasmussen Reports||March 10, 2010||57%||34%|
|Rasmussen Reports||April 7, 2010||52%||36%|
|Magellan Strategies||June 10–13, 2010||51%||31%|
|Public Policy Polling||June 12–13, 2010||46%||37%|
|Rasmussen Reports||June 24, 2010||53%||35%|
|Clarus Research Group||August 15–16, 2010||48%||36%|
|Public Policy Polling||August 21–22, 2010||51%||41%|
|Rasmussen Reports||August 30, 2010||54%||33%|
|Magellan Strategies||September 19, 2010||52%||34%|
|Magellan Strategies||October 10, 2010||51%||35%|
|Anazalone||October 22, 2010||46%||43%|
|Clarus Research Group||October 21–24, 2010||50%||38%|
|Magellan Strategies||October 24, 2010||52%||35%|
|Candidate (Party)||Receipts||Disbursements||Cash On Hand||Debt|
|David Vitter (R)||$8,384,938||$6,833,900||$3,555,994||$0|
|Charles Melançon (D)||$3,711,556||$4,043,362||$445,853||$0|
|Source: Federal Election Commission|
|Republican||David Vitter (Incumbent)||715,304||56.56%||+5.53%|
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- McCollister, Rolfe (October 19, 2010). "Making choices on Nov. 2". Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. p. 6. Archived from the original on October 27, 2010. Retrieved October 26, 2010.
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- Melancon's First TV Ad: 'David Vitter Hasn't Been Honest With Louisiana' (VIDEO) | TPMDC
- Melancon Turns Vitter Prostitutution Reenactment Video Into Two-Minute TV Ad (VIDEO) | TPMDC
- David Vitter slams Charlie Melancon in new Senate TV ad | NOLA.com
- Vitter, Melancon meet for first debate | wwltv.com | WWL Home Page
- David Vitter, Charlie Melancon will debate tonight | NOLA.com
- Senate candidates face off for final time on WWL-TV in heated debate | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Political News
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- Louisiana Secretary of State - Elections
- U.S. Congress candidates for Louisiana at Project Vote Smart
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- Campaign contributions from Open Secrets
- 2010 Louisiana Senate General Election: All Head-to-Head Matchups graph of multiple polls from Pollster.com
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- 2010 Louisiana Senate Race from Real Clear Politics
- 2010 Louisiana Senate Race from CQ Politics
- Race profile from The New York Times